Watch Sir Antonio Pappano lead NYO-USA in a performance of Richard Strauss’s “Eine Alpensinfonie,“ Op. 64, at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg in 2019. NYO-USA 2019 comprised 119 members—ages 16–19 and hailing from 33 US states—who were recognized by Carnegie Hall as some of the finest players in the country following a comprehensive national audition process. In preparation for its performance activities in the New York area and abroad, NYO-USA once again worked with an impressive list of principal players from many of the nation’s top professional orchestras during its training residency. Following a return to the Tanglewood Music Festival in Lenox, Massachusetts, Sir Antonio Pappano and NYO-USA took the stage Carnegie Hall for the orchestra’s annual concert in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. The program included Strauss’s “Eine Alpensinfonie” and Berlioz’s “Les nuits d’été” featuring renowned mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard. The orchestra then departed to Europe for debut performances as part of the Young Euro Classic series at Konzerthaus Berlin with mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená, as well as the Edinburgh International Festival and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, and a return to the BBC Proms and Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato.